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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

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Tier one, tier two, etc

And this is relevant, how?

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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The good thing about CDs

was and still is, I can buy any audio CD (at least, Red Book standard) and play them on a 15 or 20 year old CD player without any trouble at all and don't need to f****** update the f****** player every time I buy a new f****** disc.

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Re: Finally

Lost all faith, stop laughing, t'is very serious matter! You know, after painting the rims of your CDs DVDs Blu-rays black with the most exquisite black marker on the planet to reduce whatever the fuck it reduces you shirley need those cables to reproduce The Sound.

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Innovation creates instability, you say? BLASPHEMY, you SCUM

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Re: German guy who told me that he is a very impotent manager

To be fair, the English pronounciation is not the easiest or most logical. Then again, I'm still wondering how to pronounce "Phuket" ;-)

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Re: Good article

I thought there was still quite some innovation going on: find ways to retrieve EU money.

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My all-time favourite was a German* guy who told me that he is a very impotent manager in his company. I was dazzled by his blunt honesty. Until I realised that the word he was after was in fact important.

*Maybe he was Austrian or Swiss, I don't remember.

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European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

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Re: At Last ! ... and the wine

For instance it's illegal to make desert wine in the the UK.

It should be illegal to make wine in the UK at all.

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Thank you, European Court of Justice.

At least there's a body which puts some sense into eurocrats and such.

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Indonesia considers smartphone tax to spur local mobe-makers

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Supporting domestically made handsets?

The Indonesian government is planning to levy a 20 per cent tax on all imported mobile phones, in a bid to foster the local black market.

Here, fixed that for you.

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Honeybee boffin STINGS OWN WEDDING TACKLE... for SCIENCE

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Re: I've got my own research project

Simon Harris,

Using not his own I'd consider cheating.

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Re: I've got my own research project

I ain't Spartacus, do you already have children or are you after a Darwin Award?

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He doesn't think his data is particularly useful...

...but he killed 75 bees for that. Where's the someone think of the bees icon?

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SPARC and Solaris will live until at least 2019

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They are still around?

I have a soft spot for SPARC & Solaris. Solaris was my favourite OS, both for its architecture and GUI, and out of nostalgia I cannot get rid of my old SPARCstation. But seriously, I thought they were long gone.

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Mechanical monster macropod LEAPS out of the lab

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Re German humour

Maybe I was wrong, I just discovered the robo's blinking anus.

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Don't worry, the roboroo's for real. Zis was done by ze Germanz, we don't do humour.

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Dark SITH LORD 'Darth Vader' joins battle to rule, er, Ukraine

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Re: El Reg toeing the line?

Chris G

It's probably not too unfair to call Ukraine at least partly a failed state. But I wouldn't blindly believe Russian propaganda, such as neo-nazi government or that the Russian population is threatened. It's not even difficult to debunk Russia's disgustingly hypocritical attitude. To a great degree Putin centralised power in the Kremlin, taking it away from the regions, from minorities. And now, according to Russia, Ukraine should do the opposite, giving more autonomy to the (Russian) regions.

I'm not surprised that a vast majority on Crimea voted for Russia, in an illegal referendum by the way. As you said, most of them are Russians (they were settled there during early USSR time). But also quite a few face harder times (e.g. check unemployment rate), or believe that it became harder, compared to being under Soviet Union. This is true for the whole Ukraine but especially those with Russian ancestry regard going back to Russia as a solution.

I do believe that any population should generally have a say in their destiny. If it happens, it usually is a rather lengthy process. What happened with Crimea, however, is annexation orchestrated by Putin/Kremlin.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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Re: You won't miss it till it's gone.

I remember moving from Lotus Notes to Exchange/Outlook. I never liked LN's GUI (in fact, I think it's crap) but after the change I felt like being bombed back to Stone Age. This happened about ten years ago and, still on the MS stuff, I didn't experience much of an improvement since then.

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Re: No, thanks.

IDoNotThinkSo,

Absolutely, and I'd never use my real email address again. What did I know back then. And in the end, whatever is behind Google Groups, it's still branded Google.

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No, thanks.

This is quite a bit off-topic though. Years and years ago I was using yahoo groups (not e-mail) for quite some time. Young and foolish as I was I used my usual e-mail address but all was fine, no problem at all. Until I subscribed to a google newsgroup. And from that very moment spam started to flood in endlessly. I don't know exactly how the culprits retrieved my address but I'm pretty sure it was via this google group and it sustainably damaged my confidence in all things google. No gmail for me, I prefer paying for my own mail server.

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Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

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Indeed! And much better than the 3d printed BT Tower. Oh, hang on, maybe the BT Tower isn't a joke after all... ;-)

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BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

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Re too obvious

Not quite sure what to think of it... Then again, the Grauniad isn't better either: independent Scots will drive on the right.

Today my employer, however, is informing about the annual result. That's what I call a decent hoax!

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Selfies are OVER: Welcome to the age of 'Sleeveface'

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@David W.

Q.E.D.

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Re: Nice.

jake, last time I checked, and it's been quite a while since, the little-/big-endian thing mainly mattered for putting data into memory. At that time online forums where not very wide-spread (they did exist though) and it is absolutely possible that simply no one thought about how data could be put into the high levels of a commentards' section.

Although, from the maths I did before IT I believe that when writing down a binary number the msb would still go far left.

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Re: Nice.

Don't care about an initial 0. I was questioning the arrangement of the two nibbles.

And I'm still wondering about the meaning of EOF in this context.

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Re: Nice.

jake, shouldn't that be 011010102 or am I missing something?

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Dell tells customers: 'Opt out' if you don't want a channel service

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Re: Bit of a change

Because when they did the maths they didn't factor in customer service? Just a guess...

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Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

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Re: Surely Finland should have done this first

A poor second to Belgium...

I never quite understood what all those tourists were doing there.

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Beware what you wish for!

I can see this thing catching on... and another silly imbecile meme is started with hoi polloi taking selfies doing this in front of [insert landmark] and pestering the interwebs with it.

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

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RE ...very few have both.

What d'you mean? Project lead is female or blind?

SCNR

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@A Non e-mouse

I couldn't agree more. What we practice here is, however, a continuous demonstration that doing it the other way doesn't work: largish, rather undefined team which is pestered with daily business, a deadline set somewhere in eternity, lots of interference but much less support by senior management and a project, erm, they didn't think of a project sponsor really.

Well, I shot dead their first and even much larger attempt because it was going far off track. The second attempt wasn't that bad but management changed and so did the project scope. And this now is what a frustrated project team came up with. I'm sure it will be a huge success! /sarcasm

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

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Re asking the Russians...

Yes, they could. But would probably miss the target.

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Couldn't they have asked HR Giger to come up with something suitable?

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Forget sledgehammers – crooks can CRACK ATMs with a TEXT

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Re: XP I guess

Hello Eadon! Didn't know you were back.

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Re: Integrity

I beg to differ. Integrity as being consistency of action etc, Zuck does have it as well. Still, I think, it all boils down to how can he get the gals laid.

TU nevertheless.

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Re: There is nothing "social" ...

EOF = end of fail? ;-)

Seriously, jake, I understand your resentment towards virtual contacts as I much prefer contact in real-life. But even El Reg's commentards' section is in a way social: we are interacting with each other. I don't think we need a new definition of social.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Things change.

You may. And you did very well.

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Things change.

Get over it.

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China demands answers from US after 'I spy on one little Huawei' report

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Will anything change because of these revelations?

That's all I wonder.

But not too much since I think I know the answer already.

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How to Poo on a Date wins odd book title of the year

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Pooing on a date

...sounds quite a bit kinky to me.

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BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...

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Re start a Friday

Yeah, problem is it puts me into pub mode. And not the kind with going back to the office afterwards. Then again, it's not really a problem.

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

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Re: It's worse in France

Isn't it ironic when the more socialist country has the higher inequality? Not that I'm surprised.

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Re: Unless they're from the lucky sperm club they've got negative wealth

Being equally wealthy doesn't work. Not only do we have different interests, and one of those interests may indeed be being more or less wealthy, but also pursuing those interests requires more or less wealth. This is, however, seen only from the end.

As Phil O'Sophical wrote, inequality encourages progress. And without progress we wouldn't even be discussing wealth but hunting down some animals and collecting berries. Phil also mentioned that some are happy with less and we shouldn't push them to do more. Absolutely true. But the flip and really ugly side of the coin is, that those who wanted to do more, those who are ambitious, wouldn't get much of a reward for their efforts. Of course, they'd still have the intrinsic reward though.

Now tell me, Chris W, how motivated to work would you be if all of your income is taxed away? This is what being equally wealthy means.

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Re: Unless they're from the lucky sperm club they've got negative wealth

Unfortunately it seems that human nature is that some always want more than others and are not happy being equal.

I'd rather say: fortunately the human nature is that we all have individual needs and wants which we do not share with all other human beings. Yes, some want more. Maybe more wealth, maybe more freedom and free time. Some like to travel, others prefer reading, and so forth.

Would life be worth living if we all wanted having the same, being similar? At least, I think it would be bloody boring. (Some communists tried it. It didn't work well.)

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Re "Society is utterly broken these days"

No, it isn't.

If you don't like society and state how they are, you can, at least to some degree, indeed leave them behind - I do have sympathies for your "dropout" vision. But another way would be playing an active part of society and trying to change what you don't like.

For example, quite a few western European nations do not have a long democratic tradition and their citizen's attitude is still pretty much us against the state and vice versa without realising that they are not only part of the state but they are the state. Problem is, such people make it too easy for politicians to disconnect from them; then people get frustrated and resign further from politics. Then again, I fully understand that not many want to engage in politics, it's tedious with little reward.

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Re: Unless they're from the lucky sperm club they've got negative wealth

Chris W, this is exactly what happened to my parents and me. And that's why I wrote "should count...", but in fact, I wouldn't. Still I'm absolutely not offended by Tim Worstall's sentence.

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Re: Unless they're from the lucky sperm club they've got negative wealth

Chris W, may I ask you to elaborate for I really cannot see your point and why this would be offensive to you. Did you never have any luck in your life except for this one time, although I hesitate to call that life, as a sperm?

Then again, I might fail to understand because having graduated from university without any debt at all (and very little if any wealth neither) I probably should count myself to this club.

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@Ben Liddicott

Are you anti-pron?

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

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Re limited infrastructure and evil

Depending on whom you ask, the UK would perfectly fulfil your two criteria.

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"...in one unnamed country..."

It didn't say in one foreign country, did it?

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Wackadoo DIYers scissor-kick beatboxer

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Re: Regarding shock invective beginning with "cu-"

"...one of them CU types..."

The cunnilingue?!

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